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Cornish Seal Sanctuary releases grey seal pups

The pups being released earlier at Porthtowan Beach. Photo: Cornish Seal Sanctuary

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary has released a number of grey seal pups at Porthtowan Beach.

Merlin, Polar Bear, Penguin, Panda, and Arctic Fox were all released.

The planned release is a major operation involving several members of the Sanctuary team.

The rehabilitation pool was drained, and then each pup was herded into a cage and then transferred to a trailer which was then driven onto the beach to be safely released.

The pups made their way to the ocean. Credit: Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Usually as soon as a pup has reached 40kg and has received a clean bill of health they are then released back into the wild.

There are a variety of reasons as to why grey seal pups need to be rescued, from malnutrition to being separated from their mum at just a few days old.

Merlin, a female grey seal rescued from Tintagel, came to the sanctuary at just 2 weeks old.

She had an ulcerated eye which unfortunately had to be removed, but the team were confident with her progress through rehabilitation that she would be okay to be released back into the wild despite her having one eye.

Arctic Fox and Penguin both came to the Sanctuary with respiratory infections.

Artic Fox, a male grey seal rescued from Duckpool Beach in Bude came to the sanctuary at 8 weeks old.

Penguin, a female grey seal rescued from St Loy, arrived at 6 weeks old.

The pups looked very happy as they entered the water Credit: Cornish Seal Sanctuary

All the pups that were released were fit and healthy, ready to return to the wild.

It didn’t take them very long to venture out into the sea and were soon immersed amongst the waves.

We are all so pleased to have been able to release the pups today

We’ll miss them because we’ve got to know them all so well...but at the same time it will be great to see them back in the wild where they belong.

– Tamara, the Curator at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Credit: Cornish Seal Sanctuary